Nelson Mandela facts

Nelson Mandela was not removed from the U.S. terror watchlist until 2008.

Nelson Mandela slept on a thin mat on a stone floor for most of his 27 years in prison.

Nelson Mandela’s name at birth was “Rolihlahla” which means “troublemaker.”

In 1962, the CIA told South Africa the location of Nelson Mandela, leading to his arrest, which put him in jail for 27 years.

Nelson Mandela lost his son to AIDS.

Nelson Mandela has a cameo in the 1992 movie “Malcolm X” as a teacher reciting one of the civil rights activist’s speeches.

Nelson Mandela and Muammar Gaddafi were close friends.

Nelson Mandela co-authored a book with Fidel Castro.

The hand print of Nelson Mandela resembles the African continent.

Nelson Mandela married the widow of Mozambique’s President.

Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II and Whoopi Goldberg are Honorary Harlem Globetrotters.

During Apartheid, Glasgow renamed the street where the South African Consulate was located to “Nelson Mandela Place.” Consular officials would be forced to look at his name when reading and addressing postal correspondence.

Nelson Mandela was banned from entering the U.S. and needed a special waiver until 2008.

When the Spice Girls first met Nelson Mandela in 1997, he joked: “This is one of the greatest moments of my life.

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